If you are dissatisfied with the way your nose looks or if you are experiencing problems breathing, you may be a good candidate for rhinoplasty. With this procedure, I can revise the features that you want to change as well as improve functional concerns.
Surgery can meet a wide variety of needs. Some of the most common goals of my Fairfax and Northern Virginia rhinoplasty patients include:
- Making the nose wider or narrower, creating greater harmony with other facial features.
- Increasing or decreasing the tip of the nose or straightening a nose that bends or points off-center.
- Removing bumps from the bridge of the nose for a more aesthetically appealing slope.
From a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in rhinoplasty and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, you can expect an effective, attractive outcome to your surgery.
When to Consider Rhinoplasty
Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients begin with a consultation at my office. In my experience, rhinoplasty procedures must be highly tailored to the patient to provide the best results. I will take time during your consultation to ensure that the treatment plan I propose matches your aesthetic vision.
During your visit, I will examine your nose and facial features and recommend changes that can improve the appearance and function of your nose. I will also talk with you about what rhinoplasty can and cannot accomplish to ensure that you make a well-informed decision about surgery.
While your needs may differ, rhinoplasty may be right for patients if they are:
- Dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose.
- Having trouble breathing through the nose.
- Healthy enough to have surgery.
- 15 years of age or older. This is for bony nose alterations, to ensure that growing bones are not interfered with. The cartilage tip of the nose can be altered safely at almost any age.
What to Expect with Rhinoplasty
On the day of your surgery, you will receive general anesthesia so that you sleep through the procedure. Most of my Fairfax and Northern Virginia rhinoplasty patients are out of the operating room within two hours.
I follow an “open” approach to rhinoplasty because this method hides incisions very well and provides better access to revising the features of the nose. The specific procedure I conduct will depend on your goals:
- If you want to change the appearance of the bottom portion of your nose—including the openings and the tip—I will reshape it by removing excess tissue, fat, and cartilage. I can also add cartilage from the nasal septum to revise the shape. Removing cartilage from the septum has the added advantage of correcting a deviated septum and associated problems.
- If the aim is to change the appearance of the top of the nose, I can alter the underlying bony structure to smooth out bumps or to make the nose wider or narrower. I can also reduce or increase the width of the nose between the eyes.
Recovering from Rhinoplasty
You may require up to two weeks of downtime following rhinoplasty. After the procedure, you will have packing and an external and internal splint to protect the nose as it heals. These protections also limit swelling. From that point:
- Most of my Fairfax and Northern Virginia rhinoplasty patients will have the internal splint and packing removed 24 hours post-surgery.
- I will remove stitches from the lower tip of the nose at five days and remove the external splint at one week.
Most of the swelling you experience will recede after 2-3 weeks, and the majority will be gone within six weeks. You will notice more definition and subtlety in your features over the next 5-6 months as the last of the swelling slowly subsides. At this stage, you should be able to see the final results of your surgery: a nose with a more aesthetically pleasing shape, improved function, and an overall improvement in your appearance.
If you are exploring options for subtle revision in the shape and appearance of your nose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jespersen about rhinoplasty. Fairfax and Northern Virginia patients can contact her offices at (703) 992-7969 or by completing the contact form online.